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Royal City of Kandy Tour Excursion, Sri Lanka

Region: hill-country | Location: Kandy
Sri Lanka Royal City of Kandy Tour
 Other regions: ancient-cities | capital-colombo | east-coast | south-coast | west-coast
Sri Lanka's last royal citadel with an exotic oriental atmosphere, Kandy is picturesquely situated among mountain, lake & river with lush tropical vegetation. A cultural sanctuary where age old customs, arts & crafts thrive & flourish. The city itself is one of the oldest in Sri Lanka and a haven for those who admire and worship the Buddhist religion. In 1988, the city became a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Temple of the Sacred Tooth - 'Dalada Maligawa'

Kandy’s main claim to fame is the Temple of the Sacred Tooth - 'Dalada Maligawa'. The Temple of the Sacred Tooth houses Sri Lanka's most important Buddhist relic - the sacred tooth of Buddha. Upon the passing of the Lord Buddha, his left canine tooth was acquired by a devoted monk who then passed it on to King Brahmadatte as an act of profound respect and reverence. When King Brahamadatte’s empire fell he had his daughter Hemamala and son in law Dantha carry the tooth to Sri Lanka. Here King Kithsirimevan received the couple and took the tooth into possession and built a magnificent shrine for it. The tooth moved overtime to various historic capitals until it finally came to rest at its present location at the Sri Dalada Mailgawa Temple. The Temple, an imposing building with an impressive 'golden' roof, is situated next to the vast lake in the centre of Kandy. Tourists and worshippers are able to visit the Temple daily and are treated to performances by Kandyan drummers signalling the start and finish of daily pujas (prayers).

This Excursion Inlcudes

This Royal City of Kandy Tour itinerary will include following below as standard. However if you wish to add something extra, for example, a game of Golf, speak to one of our Tour Advisor.

✔Visit Temple of the Sacred Tooth,
✔Visit Kandy Museum,
✔Visit Kandy Market Place,
✔Kandy City Centre (to experience the silver and gem Kandyan jewellery and handicrafts of wood, brass and silver)
✔ Peradeniya Botanical Gardens,
✔Evening visit Cultural Dance Show.

If you are taking one of our personalised tours with your own driver guide and vehicle then the above list can be changed to suit you i.e. More time can be spent at the city centre, or walk to the waterfalls, etc. If you are taking one of our group tours in shared coach then the above itinerary cannot be changed.
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Kandy City

Travel Sri Lanka Kandy CityThe city is renowned for its exquisite silver and gems Kandyan jewellery, and also for its handicrafts of wood, brass and silver. Kandyan Art Association & Cultural Centre, beside the lake, has a good selection of local lacquer ware, brassware and other craft items in a colonial-era showroom covered in a patina of age. There are some crafts people working on the spot. Kandy has a number of shops selling antique jewellery, silver belts and other items. Also, Kandy has a number of batik manufacturers; some of the best and most original batik clothing are produced in Kandy.

Kandy Museum

The latest institution added to the Dalada Shrine is the `Sri Dalada Museum'. Ever since the Tooth Relic shrine was established in Kandy, different grades of visitors and devotees, ranging from the Royalty and Heads of States to the poorest of the general public, have been offering various gifts to the Sacred Tooth Relic, and these were preciously protected in specially built store-rooms by the successive line of Diyawadana Nilames (chief custodian of the Temple). The Dalada Museum is located on the first and the second floors of the new wing called the Alut Maligawa set up by one of the past Diyawadana Nilemes, T.B.Nugawela. The display on the first floor consists of historical records from the time when the Tooth Relic was brought to Sri Lanka to the time of the British rule.

Peradeniya Botanical Gardens

Travel Sri Lanka Peradeniya Botanical GardensThe Royal Botanical gardens at Peradeniya, just outside Kandy is famed for its rare collection of orchids and herb gardens. It's 60 hectares makes this the largest botanic garden in Sri Lanka with its centre piece being the giant Javan fig tree covering 1600 square meters. historical park was created in the 18th century by the Kandyan King for the enjoyment of the aristocracy. Today the gardens have an orchid house, spice garden, Japanese garden, picturesque lake filled with water lilies and more.

Kandy Evening Cultural Dance Show

Travel Sri Lanka Kandy Evening Cultural Dance ShowFor those who unable to come and see the Easala Perahera, visitors are taken to see the Kandyan Dance show in the evening to give a glimpse of the July event. Here you will experience the energetic routines of the Kandyan dancers and drummers with the performances culminating in an awesome display of fire walking

Esala Perahera

One of the main attractions of the Kandy temple is the spectacular and opulent Esala Perahera, it is a vivid and colourful procession of intricately adorned elephants, dancers and monks held during the month of July to pay reverence to the sacred tooth relic. Visitors flock to the temple in this month to pay their respects and pray to the Lord Buddha. Viewing of Esala Perahera can only be included for visitors visiting in July and there are additional costs for tickets, hotels, etc. Hotels get booked very early since people from around the world come to see this colourful event. So book in advance.

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